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Paradiso in Barcelona took the number one position on the World’s 50 Best Bars list this year. Photo: Instagram/@paradiso_barcelona

World’s 50 Best Bars 2022: Barcelona bar No 1, Singapore takes top spot in Asia – which two Hong Kong bars made the list?

  • The 14th edition of the World’s 50 Best Bars list features 14 new entries from around the world, along with five bars that re-enter the list
  • Despite a strong showing in the list’s Asia edition, only one Tokyo bar makes the top 50 – one of 8 in Asia on a list dominated by European and American bars

The 14th edition of the World’s 50 Best Bars list was announced at a live awards ceremony held in Barcelona, Spain, on October 5.

The list, published annually since 2009, is compiled by a panel of over 650 “experts” around the world and is related to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Both brands are owned by digital, high-value data and events business William Reed.

This year, the top position was taken by Paradiso in Barcelona, a cocktail bar hidden behind a pastrami shop in the Spanish city’s El Born district.

Billed as a modern-day speakeasy – guests enter the bar via a fridge door and there is even another speakeasy housed within – Paradiso is known for its over-the-top cocktail presentations and dramatic serving rituals.

A new addition to Paradiso’s cocktail menu is the Legacy Twist, a Daiquiri-like drink served in a hollowed out book, and The Evolution, which comes in a spindly vessel inspired by the Voyager 2 space probe.

The crowning of Paradiso marks the first time a bar outside London and New York has taken top spot – perhaps less a comment on the quality of cocktail bars outside the two major cities than an indication of marketing efforts, bars’ accessibility and the biases of the judging panel.


Beijing bars offering cocktails in exchange for old books as owners try to ride out pandemic

Beijing bars offering cocktails in exchange for old books as owners try to ride out pandemic

Other cities whose cocktail bars made it onto the list for the first time include Florence, with Locale Firenze in 39th spot, Lisbon, with Red Frog in 40th place, and Naples (L’Antiquario, 46th). They are among 26 cities represented on the list, with New York, London and Mexico City having the most entries.


Barcelona, as the host city for this year’s awards, fared well, with three entries including Paradiso; Sips received the Nikka Highest Climber award after rising 34 spots to 3rd, while Two Schmucks leapt four spots to 7th.

Asia fared less well, with only eight bars ranked – in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi and Tokyo. While Japanese bars have traditionally done well in the Asia edition of the list, only Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo made it into the top 50 this year, in 48th spot. The SG Club, ranked 18th in the 2021 list, dropped off entirely.

Singapore’s Jigger & Pony became the Best Bar in Asia, in 12th position, with Coa in Hong Kong – twice the top bar in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list – trailing a few places behind in 17th. “It’s an honour to be able to represent Team Singapore on the global stage,” said the Jigger & Pony team.

Argo at Four Seasons Hong Kong made its debut on the list in 28th spot.

“We are extremely honoured to be a part of the list alongside many great bars and friends,” said beverage manager Lorenzo Antinori in an Instagram post. “It’s a testament to the team’s hard work and commitment to pursuing excellence in providing the best bar experience, despite the two very tough years.

“We don’t take this recognition for granted, and we aim to keep pushing the Argo experience forward.”

Mark Sansom, content director of The World’s 50 Best Bars, said: “We are delighted to once again be able to showcase the incredible diversity of the global bar sector, from grand hotel bars and dive bars to neighbourhood speakeasies and stunning rooftop spaces.


“The consumer appetite for quality cocktail bars just keeps on growing and to be able to introduce 14 new entries to help sate this and encourage travel plans couldn’t make us happier.”


The full list is below (new entries for 2022 marked with an asterisk)


1. Paradiso, Barcelona (Best Bar in Europe)

2. Tayēr + Elementary, London

3. Sips, Barcelona (Highest Climber)


4. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City (Best Bar in North America and Legend of the List)

5. Little Red Door, Paris (Sustainable Bar Award)

6. Double Chicken Please, New York (Highest New Entry) *

7. Two Schmucks, Barcelona

8. The Connaught Bar, London

9. Katana Kitten, New York

10. Alquímico, Cartegena (Best Bar in South America)

The interior of Jigger & Pony in Singapore. Photo: Instagram/@jiggerandponysg

11. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City

12. Jigger & Pony, Singapore (Best Bar in Asia)

13. Hanky-Panky, Mexico City (Art of Hospitality)

14. Bangkok Social Club, Bangkok (Best New Opening) *

15. Salmon Guru, Madrid

16. Drink Kong, Rome

18. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

19. The Clumsies, Athens

20. Baba au Rum, Athens

Coa bartender Jay Khan mixing a drink. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

21. Cafe La Trova, Miami

22. Attaboy, New York

23. Satan’s Whiskers, London *

24. Tropic City, Bangkok *

25. Kumiko, Chicago *

26. Sidecar, New Delhi

27. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires

29. Maybe Sammy, Sydney (Best Bar in Australasia)

30. Swift, London

The interior of Argo at Four Seasons Hong Kong. Photo: Argo

31. Line, Athens *

32. Baltra Bar, Mexico City

33. Manhattan, Singapore

34. Overstory, New York *

35. 1930, Milan

36. Dante, New York

37. A Bar With Shapes For A Name, London *

38. Zuma, Dubai (Best Bar in Middle East and Africa)

39. Locale Firenze, Florence *

A drink at Bar Benfiddich in Tokyo. Photo: Instagram/@benfiddich_tokyo

40. Red Frog, Lisbon *

41. Cantina OK!, Sydney

42. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires *

43. Himkok, Oslo

44. Carnaval, Lima

45. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

46. L’Antiquario, Naples *

47. Employees Only, New York

48. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo

49. Lucy’s Flower Shop, Stockholm

50. Bulgari Bar, Dubai *